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Northwest Reads from University Book Store: “Make Me a Mother,” by Susanne Antonetta, from W.W. Norton

“Make Me a Mother,” is Susanne Antonetta’s unflinchingly honest account of how adopting a five month old South Korean boy, “redrew the map of her world.”

In 1997, after months of anticipation, Susanne Antonetta rushed to SeaTac Airport to meet her infant son Jin. Anxiously sipping martinis with Antonetta hours earlier, a friend muses, “You could be in labor right now.” From here the book follows a loose chronology, tracing the first few months of bonding, through a playful early childhood, into a moody adolescence. Beginning at age eight, Jin is teased for being adopted as well as for being Asian, despite living in an ostensibly uber-progressive Bellingham neighborhood where children had names like “Bliss,” “Sequoia,” and “Butterfly.”

20 inspiring quotes on life, love, happiness, and gratitude

I love quotes, alway have. I keep a running list on my ipad notebook, have torn pieces of papers posted around the house and a bookshelf filled with dog-eared pages marking my favorite passages. Quotes have served as a means for my personal evolution, motivation and inspiration. Here’s a few of my favorites. What inspires you?

I love quotes, alway have. I keep a running list on my ipad notebook, have torn pieces of papers posted around the house and a bookshelf filled with dog-eared pages marking my favorite passages. Quotes have served as a means for my personal evolution, motivation and inspiration. Here’s a few of my favorites. What inspires you?

Forever home dog of the week - PCarroll

PCarroll is a two year old female Dachshund mix. She is from a shelter in California and was just transferred into our rescue. PCarroll is a very sweet and loving little girl. She is content being next to you at all times. She will also follow you from room to room. She is fully potty trained and crate trained. She does have separation anxiety and will whine if you are not near her. She is very skinny and when fed she eats quite a bit. Hopefully she will put on a few more pounds soon.

Dealing with foliar disease, welcome to the Pacific Northwest!

The Puget Sound has a maritime climate with a high relative amount of moisture in the air and mostly mild temperatures. These conditions make for a fabulous growing environment, but they also are ideal for many foliar diseases that can drive gardeners nuts.

We live in a maritime climate and what makes us unique from other parts of the country is the relative amount of moisture in the air and the mostly mild temperatures. These conditions make for a fabulous growing environment for plants but they also are ideal for many foliar diseases that can drive gardeners nuts. Here is what we can do to help mitigate these kinds of problems.

Forever home cat of the week - Gabriel

Gabriel is an exceptionally sweet cat who likes dogs, other cats and kids, as well as adults.

This gorgeous boy now known as Gabriel appeared late on a July evening more than two years ago in Lisa’s driveway, crying and scared. He clearly wanted help but he was too traumatized to let anyone near. He would only come so close and then dash away when anyone tried to approach him.

Over the next two years, he came to Lisa’s yard every night after dark, crying and rolling in the grass to get her attention. For months, he ran when she brought him food and water, only creeping back to eat when she retreated to the porch to guard him while he wolfed down every bite as fast as he could.

Back from the show and ready to go!

The Whistling Gardener hopes that many of you had a chance to attend the Northwest Flower and Garden show this last week. It is always a highlight of the month for him and a great way to get him into the mood for gardening again.

I would hope that many of you had a chance to attend the Northwest Flower and Garden show this last week. It is always a highlight of the month for me and a great way to get me into the mood for gardening again. It never fails that I don’t come home with some new plant or gadget that I just have to have to make my life complete and this year was no different. Let me introduce you to the M Brace.”

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